How is Cañon City Pronounced?

Tilde the Albino Deer in Cañon City, Colorado
Photo: Beverly Sherfield

Cañon City it's pronounced "Canyon City." In 1994, the United States Board on Geographic Names approved adding the tilde to the official name of Cañon City, a change from Canon City as the official name in its decisions of 1906 and 1975. It is one of the few U.S. cities to have the Spanish Ñ in its name. The tilde in Cañon City's name has become its symbol and is sported on shirts, signs and souvenirs.

A rare albino mule deer roams the neighborhoods of Cañon City and has been spotted countless times around town. In 2019, Cañon City's Mayor read a proclamation designating the deer’s new name, Tilde, which also is the character placed over the “ñ” in Cañon City. He said the tilde is as unique to the city as the deer. In naming Tilde, the deer is now off-limits from any and all hunting efforts. 

What is Cañon City Known For?

Cañon City is known for many things by many people. Of course, a few correctional facilities sit outside of town towards Pueblo and we are also known for our many public parks, dinosaurs and fossil discoveries, Skyline Drive, The Royal Gorge railroad, the Royal Gorge, Arkansas River, extensive natural hiking and biking paths, sightseeing, whitewater rafting, rock climbing, skydiving, and endless amounts of seasonal activities all year round.

The city's nickname, "the Climate Capital of Colorado", derives from the combination of unique geography and 5,300-foot (1,600 m) elevation protecting the city from harsh weather conditions. Cañon City is growing in the technology sector and fast becoming home to many companies looking to relocate to an area with plenty of capability and none of the hassle of larger cities.

How far is Cañon City from the nearest airport?

Cañon City is host to the Fremont County airport, a small regional airfield just 9 miles outside of town. Pueblo Regional Airtport is just 1 hour from Cañon City and connects to Denver and larger airports in the US. Colorado Springs Airport (COS) is just a 1.25 hour drive and offers regional service and connections to Denver International Airport (DIA) on a regular basis.

What large stores are in the area?

Cañon City has a burgeoning downtown historic district, complete with restaurants, gift shops, household goods establishments, and offices. Outside of a plethora of small and family-run businesses in the area, you’ll also find standard box stores including WalMart, Home Depot, Office Depot, Walgreens, Safeway, and Starbucks.

What is the climate like?

Cañon City is heralded as the ‘Banana Belt’ of Colorado. Due to our proximity to both the mountains and the eastern plains, the city enjoys a moderate climate and high desert environment. While it does snow in the winter, most precipitation melts in just a few days. Summers can be quite warm, with temperatures reaching into the 90’s on most August days, but this makes for perfect conditions for river activities. Autumn is temperate and vibrant as cottonwood trees turn brilliant hues of yellow and gold. Spring is also a favorite time of year, when local crops, gardens, orchards come to life, along with native plants and trees.

What are the major industries in Cañon City?

For almost a century, Cañon City has proudly welcomed employees from both the Department of Corrections and Federal Bureau of Prisons. Health care, including the local hospital, St. Thomas More, accounts for 11.2% of Cañon City’s employment. The lifeblood of our community, the Arkansas River, enables a thriving tourism industry which welcome thousands of visiting whitewater rafters each year, as does the famed 90-year old Royal Gorge Bridge and adjoining theme park.


We love Cañon City and all of the natural beauty surrounding where we live and work! Moving out of traffic-plagued North Texas and to this tech-minded community in beautiful Colorado has been a long-time dream come true.

Kenny H Cañon City, Colorado

I left Denver to take a job in Cañon City and don't want to leave this place! I can hike at lunch or be at some of the most beautiful places within minutes. No traffic to work and the housing is way more affordable! Lots of local dining and shopping in town with big city shopping only 30 minutes away if I ever need it.

Katy M Cañon City, Colorado

Above all else, I want Cañon City to be a great place to raise a family, full of opportunity, growth, recreation, and safety.

Ashley Smith, Mayor Cañon City, Colorado